Electoral System Cost-Efficiency in the Czech Republic
Martin Kral , Anna Olszańska
AbstractIn recent years, more and more countries are in the so -called crisis of democracy. One of their symptoms is the lack of interest of a growing group of citizens on public affairs, which is reflected in long -term declining voter turnout. Holding elections as a kind of public good that the government ensures for citizens is very costly. Most of the total CZK 500 million represents the costs of the municipalities, which ensure immediate "contact" of the voters with the government (country) - they set up a polling station in each electoral district. In connection with the decreasing voter turnout, this paper deals with the analysis of the current costs of municipalities using the performance indicators. It is also outlined the possibility of lowering election costs by changing the structure of electoral districts. Its aim is to increase cost -efficiency especially in municipalities that should realize so -called economies of scale. An example of a country where electoral districts in larger cities are being set up more efficiently is Poland. The way of setting up larger electoral districts in larger cities is transferred to the conditions of the Czech Republic and subsequently, the potential savings are modeled. If there were merging electoral districts and setting up fewer polling stations, the total savings would be approx. 35% while the availability of polling stations for citizens would remain comparable.
|Publication size in sheets||0.5|
|Book||Dvorakova Petra, Baisa Barbora (eds.): Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference Current Trends in Public Sector Research, 2018, Masaryk University, ISBN 978-80-210-8924-2, 391 p.|
|Keywords in English||elections, voter turnout, costs, efficiency|
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